photographing a slave auction reenactment

A man with his hands chained stands idle stands on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, Jan. 15. A slave auction reenactment took place to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War


This morning at the steps of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis was unlike anything I’ve seen.

I slave auction took place—reenactment that is. This Riverfront Times post explains the event pretty well, but essentially the reenactment was held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The reenactment portrayed a slave auction held in St. Louis in 1861. The event was pretty emotionally intense. You could feel through the onlookers that this reenactment was deeply personal to them—as it should be.

Didn’t stay for too long but I think I got some good stuff:

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3 thoughts on “photographing a slave auction reenactment

  1. Nick, these photos are phenomenal. You made a good choice of taking black and white. I wish I had been there, but your photos give me a real sense of what it would have been like if I had been. Thanks for the link to RFT.

  2. Fabulous–my favorite shot of course being the one with me in the background.

    I think you got a better angle than me. Heh. All the action seemed to face your side of the steps. Anywho, I ought to go edit mine now…

    And yes, good choice for b&w. Wish I could have mine in b&w but I have a feeling the RFT will want color… :-/

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